Iskandar Puteri’s premier tech event, IP SMART 2018: CREATE returned for another weekend of innovation and creativity among industry players and stakeholders as an effort to be the driving force of technological growth within the Iskandar Malaysia region.
Over 400 innovators, entrepreneurs, developers, designers as well as investors was present to give their insights and share their experience at this first of its kind startup industry event in Johor.
Johor International Trade, Investment and Utility Committee Chairman, Jimmy Puah was present for the closing ceremony as a special guest and judge for the hackathon finals, allowing contestants to pitch their ideas to a key player of the local industry.
“We, the new government cannot rely on traditional and conventional way of attracting investment into the state, I believe this is in line with the 3H, High Tech, High Value and of course Halal. It would be foolish of us to not explore other means outside of the conventional industry,” said Puah.
He added that with the results of the hackathon, he is assured that Johor has the land, infrastructure and the talent to develop its own unique tech industry.
Organised by StartUp Johor, the three day festival took place at the CIMB Leadership Academy in Medini, and featured a string of activities for all ages including a Junior Makers Programme, where children aged 7 to 12 had the chance to learn the values of craftsmanship, sharing and applied learning in science, technology and engineering.
An exclusive workshop for women entrepreneurs was also organised as an attempt to help them improve their business with an impact driven purpose. Other activities included several masterclass workshops, networking session and Iskandar Puteri’s first hackathon, where participants spent 30 grueling hours to build and pitch their ideas in front of a panel of judges for validation and with a prize pool of RM20,000, making it the best way to launch your startup.